This week the focus in tennis is on the inter-firms tournament in Kilkenny. This event, sponsored by Caulfields Super Valu, Loughboy, came to a conclusion on Saturday night when the grand finals were played in all grades for the cup and the consolation, aptly named to encompass the plate event.
The warm weather added to the occasion gave ample opportunity to the players to produce quality tennis on the courts. In the Premier Grade, Tommy Rochford’s team took on the challenge provided by a Clonmel outfit captained by Declan Tarrant. This turned out to be a close run affair.
However, the Kilkenny outfit had enough in reserve to snatch victory.
In Grade A, Hospital Hopefuls were faced with a difficult challenge provided by Abbeyleix. The Laois group had a successful tournament and they were fancied by many. The Hopefuls displayed some fine tennis and certainly made life difficult for their opponents. Trapatommys Army completed its campaign in Grade B in fine style. However, their opponents Wise and Eyes provided ample evidence that they can return next year to take the title. In the penultimate grade, Sarah Drea’s team brought a successful tournament to conclusion by withstanding the challenge of The Court Cats.
Finally, in Grade D, Glanbia were the worthy winners, taking the title at the expense of State Street Aces.
Earlier teams were in action in the Plate events. Game Birds were successful in taking on the challenge provided by the team from Carlow tennis club. Although the margin of victory was slim in Grade B, Gabriel Nolan’s team ensured victory at the expense of Dalton Mills.
The Grade C event saw VHI scoring a healthy victory at the expense of KSP Parents. Finally, Bjorgs were worthy representatives of that name in winning the title in Grade D over Kilkenny Education Centre. v